ALL OUR HEROES
Seven year old Kaka wants to know where his father is … so does his mother. It has been months since they’ve last seen him.
Several weeks later, they receive a letter from the trenches of the northwest frontier in France where he has been fighting for the British Army…
How did he get there? What was he doing there?
To mark the centenary of the First World War, ‘ALL OUR HEROES’ explores the stories and perspectives of men from the Indian sub-continent who left their homes and families to fight for the British Raj in continents far, far away. Performed by a talented cast that bring physical theatre, verbatim accounts and vibrant story telling, ALL OUR HEROES gives a tangible connection to the British Asian history and heritage.
AOH has been touring schools since 2015.
“When you have productions like this performed in the heart of the school community you can see the impact immediately through their endearment and responses. Some of the comments made by the younger members in the audience were profound… "Seema Sethi – Head of Performing Arts, Cranford Community College
"…..I think that it was thought- provoking because it was from a complete different perspective " -Year 9 Student at Cranford Community College
“All Our Hero’s play was very dramatic and engaging as it was based on people’s lives which then made you feel more connected to the play. The fact that the main story was about war and from the perspectives of the people who lived in India it made the play even more powerful as it has not been spoken about it before and how some countries just got pulled into the war without having a choice. It went into depth and detail about how this war affected different classes and statuses in India. The piece was presented with only 3 actors; who played many different characters, who made the switches through the use of costume. The use of limited props made it even more effective and in depth because of their symbolic meaning for example the ladder that was symbolic of how the farmers towed their land, and it was used as the barrier between the countries who were at war and finally as a look out post on the rooftop of a home in a village where a young boy looks out for his father and then a look out post in England where they are looking for enemies approaching.”Zara Choudhry – Year 11 GCSE Drama student 2015
"Personally I think that the play was valuable to watch, this is because it makes all of us aware of the things happening in other countries and reminds us of how much we have developed during the past centuries. Also it reminds us the role that was played by each country during the world war. The message of the play probably was to show that life was not easy for anybody and that they were also suffering throughout the world war. From this performance I learnt that I should view different things from a different perspective. I understood the play very well and enjoyed it a lot due to there being only 3 main actors which made it easier for you to focus on. The theatre and stage being small made the audience feel closer and connected to the actors.”Diba Sarvari – Year 11 GCSE Drama student 2015
"The family and the linking back to war. I like how the Indian story could easily be the same as a British story".Jack - 22 - BSA
Director: Harmage S. Kalirai
Designer: Hardip Dhanjal & Harmage S. Kalirai
Music: Raju Mali
Costumes: Sharanpal Jeetley, Emma Thompson, Shaheda Choudhary and Costumia
Pool Cast: Rez Kabir, Huzaifa Hussein, Jessica Andrade, Luke Rollason, Adeel Ali, Chandni Mistry, Neran Persaud
zeroPlus Theatre in association with The Drum (Birmingham) & Cranford Community College